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1:35 AM ET, August 17, 2008

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Ed Hornick / CNN:
McCain and Obama on the spot at Warren's forum  —  LAKE FOREST, California (CNN) — Sen. Barack Obama said Saturday that the country's — and his — greatest moral failure has been selfishness.  —  “We still don't abide by that basic precept of Matthew — whatever you do to the least of my brothers ... you do to me,” Obama said.
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Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Let's watch the Saddleback Presidential Forum together.  —  Saddle up!  —  7:00 CT: CNN's John King pauses to let other networks join, and when he does, we can here a voice saying “God who gave us life, gave us...” King drowns that out with the info that this “is not a debate …
Carrie Budoff Brown / The Politico:
Candidates make their appeals to evangelicals
Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Saddleback - McCain  —  9.57 pm.  McCain's evolution into a candidate who knows how to stroke the Christianist base is somewhat impressive.  It was a little canned at times, but it will work with evangelicals.  All in all, this struck me as pretty much a draw.
Discussion: Althouse and American Spectator
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Andrew Sullivan / The Daily Dish:
Live-Blogging Saddleback - Obama  —  8. 57 pm.  I don't retract anything about my concern that the first debate of sorts should be held in a church.  But actually this forum so far was in no way offensive to secular values.  It did not demand adherence to any religious doctrine …
Discussion: The Corner
Colbert I. King / Washington Post:
Memo From a Poison Penn  —  Say you find yourself seated on the train behind two white supremacists who are beside themselves over the possibility that Barack Obama could become America's first black president.  —  They are so fired up, they fail to notice you.
Discussion: TPMCafe
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Gateway Pundit:
Kobe Bryant Schools Liberal NBC Announcer On Patriotism  —  It's pretty moving to watch a pampered professional jock show more patriotism than the Democratic candidate for president, more pride in his country than the democratic candidate's wife, and more awareness of this country's opportunities than a liberal NBC announcer.
Discussion: Macsmind
Mike Allen / The Politico:
Obama nearly doubles McCain haul  —  Barack Obama raised $51 million in July, nearly twice as much as John McCain.  —  McCain revealed Friday that he raised $27 million last month, his best month of the campaign.  —  The summer surge pushed Obama over the $400 million mark for what he's raised …
Discussion: New York Times
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Beth Fouhy / Associated Press:   Obama's July fundraising bodes well for fall race
Matthew Mosk / Washington Post:
Obama Raised $51 Million in July
Discussion: Don Surber, pandagon.net and TIME.com
Patrick Healy / New York Times:
Allies Ask Obama to Make ‘Hope’ More Specific  —  As Senator Barack Obama prepares to accept the Democratic presidential nomination next week, party leaders in battleground states say the fight ahead against Senator John McCain looks tougher than they imagined, with Mr. Obama vulnerable …
Burt Hubbard / Rocky Mountain News:
Colorado turns purple in polls  —  Electorate's great divide is by age and geography  —  A political battle for the ages may become a battle of the ages.  —  Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama are neck-and-neck in Colorado, solidifying the state as a key …
Discussion: The New Republic and TalkLeft
Bill Keller / New York Times:
Cold Friends, Wrapped in Mink and Medals  —  Writing in The Financial Times last week, Chrystia Freeland recalled Francis Fukuyama's 1989 essay “The End of History?,” which trumpeted the definitive triumph of liberal democracy.  The great nightmare tyrannies of last century — the Evil Empire …
Discussion: The New Republic
Dotcomabc / Political Punch:
Howard Dean Accidentally Calls the Republican Party the “White” Party  —  In an interview with National Public Radio on Friday, Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, referred to the Republican Party as the white party, seemingly accidental.
Discussion: The Raw Story and TigerHawk
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
Response to 9/11 Offers Outline of a McCain Doctrine  —  WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain arrived late at his Senate office on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, just after the first plane hit the World Trade Center.  “This is war,” he murmured to his aides.  The sound of scrambling fighter planes rattled …
Discussion: Think Progress
 
 
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Ticket give-away creates suspicion
Digby / Hullabaloo:
Heckuva Job Bushie
Discussion: The Sideshow
David Remnick / New Yorker:
BOUNDARY ISSUES
Discussion: ParaPundit
Los Angeles Times:
Barack Obama campaign soliciting ‘soft money’ for convention
Patrick Ruffini / The Next Right:
Obama's Massive Headfake: Hillary for VP?
Jed Lewison / The Jed Report:
GOP Hack Tries To Attack Obama, But Slams McCain Instead
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Fashion Designers Hope to Stitch Up an Obama Win
Washington Post:
Mythmaking in Moscow  —  THE EVENTS of the past week …
Laura Rozen / MoJoBlog:
Michael Ledeen Leaves AEI
Stephen F. Hayes / Weekly Standard:
To Drill, or Not to Drill  —  Will McCain change his mind about Alaskan oil?
Ben Smith / The Politico:
Manhunt backlash  —  The executives of a gay sex site …
Harvey Mansfield / Weekly Standard:
Man of Courage
Discussion: At-Largely